Name: Mhairi Reid
Warhorse and Spirit
Favourite TV show:
The 100 tied with Scream
I don't really have one because I listen to everything. At the moment I'm stuck on 'DARE' by the Gorillaz and 'Crazy' by Seal.
But I also like blue, green, yellow, red, orange, white, black and pink.
Favourite dance style:
I love every single style EXCEPT BALLET.
Smooth or crunchy?
Where are you from? Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Scotland until I was 7 years old, before moving to New Zealand and then Australia. I also grew up partly in Peru as I would go for several months at a time every 2 years or so.
How did you get into dancing and/or performing?
I always really enjoyed it because as a child I was super physical and had a lot to say about things. So, my mum first put me in Ballet classes when I was 6 years old in Edinburgh hoping I could express myself through it; since then I became interested in all sorts of different performance groups. It was difficult to keep a steady grip on one particular performance aspect because my family moved around so much so I just ended up doing whatever I could. I even performed as Leader of the Canterbury Kapahaka group in NZ when I was 13. I LOVE dancing, but there are so many other types of performing that people don't pay much attention to - I guess I appreciate all of it.
What's your favourite/best performance you've been involved in? Any other highlights?
Probably SIGNIFICANCE. All of my performances have had some kind of meaning to them but I think with SIGNIFICANCE I got to relate to the dances on such a personal level. I'm also a little bit older so you tend to appreciate things more. All of the numbers have such depth to them which makes it difficult to look at them face value and when you have a great cast that performs them with such passion and integrity it really is magical. It gets the audience thinking, that's when you know your part of a great production.
What's your experience with Attitude been like in the past?
I've never actually been officially part of Attitude, SIGNIFICANCE is the first production of ADC that I've been in but I love Xave so it all fits in nicely no matter what.
Where have you studied?
I wouldn't call it studying but some of the performance company's I have been a part of include; L.A Dance School, Ballarat Centre of Music and Dramatic Arts, Helen O'Grady Drama Academy, Impetus Dance Theatre and of course Attitude!
What do you do for work?
I work part time in retail at the ValleyGirl clothing store here in Geelong, but I'll soon be a swimming instructor at Leisure Link. I'm also studying a Bachelor of Professional Communication at RMIT so the two keep me really busy.
What are your interests outside of dance?
EXPLORING. I love being outside and running. There is a 12km run that I usually do up a hill near my house. When I was growing up, my dad always made sure that I had a hill nearby that I could run up, he's a mountaineer so he always gave me that exposure to the outside world. I also try to read as much as I can but usually I make excuses not to.
What inspires you?
Everything. Nature, my own personal experiences (that's a big one), books or my parents. People generally inspire me the most, I love my friends because they're usually quite similar to me but it's the people who are totally different from myself that fascinate me the most.
I can be inspired really easily!
Tell us some fun facts about you:
English and Spanish are both my first language.
I hate peanuts so much that I pretend to be allergic to them but I'm really not.
In NZ I used to runaway a lot (for fun) I would climb out my bedroom window, drop 2 metres onto the ground, sneak down the side of the house, jump the neighbours fence and run up the hill. The police would be at my house by the time I got home.
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